Firelight Media, the premier destination for nonfiction cinema by and about communities of color, has announced the first cohort for the newly established PBS/Firelight William Greaves Production Fund, which supports mid-career filmmakers of color. The organization has also released the RFP for the Fund’s next cycle.
The PBS/Firelight William Greaves Production Fund provides resources to documentary productions created by mid-career filmmakers from diverse communities in the United States that are intended for distribution on PBS through finishing funds or co-production funding. The filmmaker must own the copyright and maintain editorial control of the project. For more details about the application process, view the Firelight Media website.
Films selected for the inaugural PBS/Firelight William Greaves Production Fund include personal stories that push the form of nonfiction, portraits of migrants and undocumented families navigating the complex and ever-changing immigration process, and investigative documentaries that interrogate the criminal justice and housing systems.
“We are pleased to continue our long and productive partnership with PBS by helping these documentary productions cross the finish line,” said Stanley Nelson, co-founder and lead mentor of Firelight Media. “PBS continues to be the best place for independent documentary filmmakers to find a large and diverse audience for their work, and I’m so glad these eight new films (and more to come) will have a home in the PBS system.”
“PBS gives opportunities to filmmakers who have stories to share that reflect the lived experiences of our audiences,” said Sylvia Bugg, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Firelight Media to create an expanded pipeline of diverse content and creators across platforms.
The inaugural cohort, their film projects, and their PBS distributors are:
The PBS/Firelight William Greaves Production Fund and the William Greaves Research and Development Fund (previously known as the William Greaves Fund) are designed to address the persistent structural challenges many filmmakers of color face after producing their first films so that they can remain in the field. The Funds are named in honor of William Greaves, the longtime mentor of Firelight Media's Co-Founder Stanley Nelson. Greaves' legacy in the documentary field includes producing the groundbreaking television news magazine Black Journal along with 200-plus documentaries throughout his 60-year career.
The application for the next cycle of the PBS/Firelight William Greaves Production Fund is open now through Wednesday, November 1. For more information about the PBS/Firelight William Greaves Production Fund, and to apply, click here.
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Firelight Media is a premier destination for nonfiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. Firelight Media’s programs include the Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship that supports emerging filmmakers of color; Groundwork Regional Lab, which supports filmmakers in the American south, midwest, and U.S.-controlled Territories; and the William Greaves Research and Development Fund for mid-career nonfiction filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities. Firelight Media also produces digital short films, including the forthcoming collection HOMEGROWN: Future Visions.
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